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I am Associate Professor of Earth System Evolution at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (our awesome location).

My main research focus is the atmospheric evolution of Earth and Earth-like planets. This is an interdisciplinary problem of Earth System Science and Planetary Science, by necessity integrating atmospheric and climate science, geology and geochemistry. Motivating questions include: How has Earth's atmospheric composition and climate evolved throughout Earth history, and what has determined this? What controls (exo)planet habitability? How does life affect planetary evolution?

Previously, I was a research associate in the University of Washington Astronomy department and the Virtual Planetary Laboratory (part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute). Before that I was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and before that a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Interested in working with me? I typically hire one new grad students a year in the areas of palaeoclimate, evolution of Earth's atmosphere or planetary atmospheres. I have opportunities for undergraduates via Honours research, summer projects, workstudy and other opportunities. There are potentially opportunities for postdocs and visiting students too. See information for prospective students.

Watch me at TEDx Victoria 2014


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I can be contacted at czg (at) uvic (dot) ca.